WCSD officials meet to discuss district's progress with Student Wellness Program

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) -- On Wednesday May 16th, the Washoe County School District's Student Wellness Committee will meet to discuss the progress made in the district's implementation of the Student Wellness Program.

Through it's wellness program, the Washoe County School District's Board of Trustee's promotes good nutritional practices, physical activity, healthy food choices, nutritional education and other school-based activities that promote student health and well-being.

Nevada's School Wellness Policy was created by the Nevada Department of Agriculture and its based on and developed using the USDA's Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards for all Foods Sold in Schools, Interim Final Rule and the Local School Wellness Policy Implementation. The Washoe County School District supports and implements the policy through "Administrative Regulation 5600 - STUDENT WELLNESS."

The state's policy also comes with a Best Practices Manual that the district follows that sets forth a minimum with regard to nutrition and exercise. For example, schools within the district are required to provide students with opportunities "for moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes during each regular school day." The state's Best Practices Manual provides suggestions on how to meet this required, i.e. implement multiple activity breaks per day - jumping jacks, march in place, dance to music.

The district also follows nutritional specific nutritional guidelines governing everything from nutrient content and calorie content for foods and beverages sold and served at school.

Today's meeting will specifically discuss progress made with regard to nutrition promotion, physical activity plans and school-based activities that promote student wellness.

The meeting will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the WCSD Administrative Building at 425 E. 9th Street, Board Room in Reno.

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